The Three Card Monte
The Three Card Monte, also known as 'Find The Queen' and "Follow The Lady", is an adaptation of the follow the hidden object game. The scam involves a group whose size ranges from 2 to as many as needed. The scam starts with the lead scammer setting up a booth on the street. The second member of the scam team pretends to be part of the crowd watching. The first member calls on people in the crowd to play. The second member "volunteers" to play one round. The game (rigged to be easy) results in the second member winning a prize or money. Other people choose to play and fall victim to a very difficult game. However, variations of this scam involve sleight of hand to guarantee a loss on the victim's part.
Sports Pick Scam
A sports pick scam is a very simple, well known scam that very easy to operate. The scam involves the scammer contacting a large pool of people and claiming to know the picks for upcoming sports events. The scammer tells half the people that a team will win and the other half that a team will lose. Pending the outcome of the sports game, the scammer will contact the pool which received a "accurate" sports pick with another "pick". The scammer continues to do this until he feels that he has earned the respect and trust of the soon-to-be victims. He offers to sell them the final pick. He has no knowledge of the outcome. However, because his "picks" have been 100% accurate, many of the victims will take the offer. They will receive a random outcome and the scammer will have made a hefty profit.
A lottery scam involves a scammer taking advantage of a victim's greed. The scammer approaches a potential victim and claims to have a winning lotter ticket that he cannot collect. The scammer offers the victim a share of the prize if the victim would collect the prize. However, the scammer demands some sort of collateral to keep the victim from cashing and leaving. The scam involves a forged lottery ticket and a newspaper with the winning numbers. The victim ends up taking the ticket and learns that the ticket is fake and has lost the collateral. This scam has been altered into another form which involves a gambler who has been kicked out of a casino and cannot cash his "chip". The victim takes the fake chips and loses his collateral.
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